Waiting for God – and trusting in His timing

Waiting for the Lord.

We seldom think about waiting for the Lord. We may use the old saying, ” God answers us: Yes, No and Wait,” but we think about waiting for our answer, not necessarily waiting for God. (I’ve changed my mind on that saying — I think God’s answers to us are always: Trust Me, but that’s a different post.)

Waiting for God - changing the way we do it.

So what IS this waiting for the Lord? What does it mean and what does it look like in the life of a believer?

Wait for the LORD;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD. Ps 27:14

How often have we waited with despondency or despair? How often have we thought that God just forgot about us? Oh we won’t say it that way, but that’s really what’s in our hearts. How often have we fallen into a kind of fatalism, saying, “whatever” but meaning, “whatever happens in life is going to happen” and taking our thoughts out of the spiritual reality to lose them in the muck of the faithless?

The Hebrew word for wait in the verse above carries with it expectation and hope, eagerly looking for, lingering to see it happen. But it also means to twist as in binding together.

It kind of makes me think about Jacob who held on to the “man” until dawn (while he wrestled with him) in order to receive the blessing of God. He was showing a persistent kind of waiting, not a passive despair. It was a longing expectation, a binding together, a lingering to see the blessing of God happen.

Waiting through times of not seeing beyond ourselves.

For us this waiting happens when we have no idea what is going on.

Years ago I heard this analogy.

Think of our lives like we are driving on a busy city street. God is up on a skyscraper watching what is going on down below. At intersection X there is an accident and causes a traffic jam. We are stuck and waiting. We could try turning around and going a different way but we can’t see that intersection X is the main junction and every other route would take us to the same place as the accident. God sees the police coming to clear things up but we don’t. He is calling to us to just wait and trust Him.

This is an imperfect analogy in many ways but for this thought I think it fits the point I’m trying to make. God sees from eternity and we only see from our limited perspective of our tiny lives.

In our temporal earthly lives we are still living as spiritual beings. This means that we get to have a very real hope and expectation on God and His promises. We get to be strong and have courage where those without God have none. We get to join our hearts and our hopes on the One that we have bound our lives to!

Today, are you looking to God with a heart to wait for Him? Are you waiting with longing, lingering to see what He’ll do? Sweetie, wait on His goodness and love today. Let Him fill that impatience with rest and the eternal hope of His faithfulness.


The Menu

It’s always a challenge to stay on an eating plan when you are visiting away from home. God was super tender to me when I was in Texas because my friend was eating very closely to my THM plan. So we were able to merge our eating and I was able to even lose some weight while I was away.

Here is my plan for my supper meals this coming week in my Menu Planning Monday. Please feel free to download my FREE, fully editable, Month at a Glance menu planner, my Weekly Menu Planner and my new Snacks planner.

Monday:

  • baked seasoned chicken breast with bacon & cheese & asparagus (S)

Tuesday:

  • broiled fish with broccoli (FP)

Wednesday:

  • omelette w/onions, peppers & bacon (S)

Thursday:

  • lazy lasagna (S)

Friday:

  • salmon (trying from a different store) w/green beans (S)

Saturday:

  • pizza on Joseph’s pita bread (S)

Sunday:

  • leftovers

What’s on YOUR menu for this week?

All Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.
Unless otherwise indicated, photos from pixaby.com

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